It’s day one of our Whole30 and I’m remembering that one of the most important things in my food world are snacks. I love to eat and am really active, so I NEED to stay on top of my food situation.
I stopped in at my local health food store to look around. While it pained me to have to walk by the beloved Hail Merry’s, I managed to get by them and head into the walk-in fridge where the raw goodies are kept. Quite proud of myself. Have you had the chocolate almond butter Hail Merry yet? H-E-A-V-E-N.
Anyways, in the walk-in I found dried apples, coconut flakes and raw walnuts. Definitely three ingredients I would love to play with for a Whole30-friendly snack solution.
Heat a dry pan to medium high. Add the coconut flakes and toast. This only takes 2-3 minutes, so stay close and keep it moving. While the coconut toasts, slice or chop one cup’s worth of dried apples and toss it in a medium-sized mixing bowl. When the coconut is done, add it to the apples then sprinkle 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and about 1/8 tsp of sea salt. I used Himalayan in a grinder… did about 20 turns. Mix everything together.
Meanwhile, get the pan back on the heat and melt one tablespoon of coconut oil over medium temperature (so you’ll want to dial it back a bit). This is going to seem like a lot of coconut oil, but I have a plan.
The cup of walnuts need to be added to the melted coconut oil, mix to coat the nuts. Then add 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice and about 15 turns of sea salt (a little less than 1/8 of a teaspoon). Continue stirring. The coconut oil will now form a glaze over the walnuts. Let this go for another 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and allow the walnuts to cool slightly before letting them join the coconut-apple party.
Bring the snack mix together and serve immediately for a warm, slightly sweet / slightly salty Whole30 friendly snack!
Now. Don’t pig out on this. It would be really easy to treat this like you would, say… a bowl of cereal. Let’s not do that. Instead, grab a handful, grab a banana and maybe a bottle of kombucha or refill your water bottle. It’s a snack… and a delicious one at that.